Vacations are a time for relaxing, having fun, and making memories with family and friends. Whether you are camping in the wilderness or sipping coconut water in the Caribbean, everyone can benefit from good oral health tips on the go. With summer vacations looming over the horizon, here are some great tips to keep you and your loved ones smiling the entire time!
1. Plan ahead
If you or your family members haven’t had their bi-yearly dental check ups yet, now may be a good time to do so. By seeing a dentist before leaving for vacation, you can guarantee that there will be no sudden dental problems that require medical attention while abroad. For instance, having a cavity spotted and filled early might prevent annoying toothache issues that are difficult to treat away from home.
Furthermore, make sure you have all your medical and dental insurance information handy and kept in a safe place in case of an emergency.
2. Keep things organized
Keeping all your oral health tools in one place will save time and effort. Carrying a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss in your carry-on bag will be helpful during long flights. Another option would be to purchase smaller versions of your usual arsenal of products. There are many travel-sized versions of all major toothpaste and mouthwash brands at most convenience stores. Make sure to brush your teeth after every meal (just like you would at home) even while on a plane!
3. Cover your toothbrushes
Throwing an uncovered toothbrush into your carry-on bag or placing it on countertops of hotel bathrooms gives unwelcome bacteria the opportunity to invade its bristles. In order to prevent this, it is important to cover toothbrushes with a clean, plastic cover. It’s crucial to let all toothbrushes air-dry before placing the cover on it, because covering a moist toothbrush will actually encourage bacteria growth.
4. Maintain healthy eating habits
Vacation time is certainly a time to indulge. However, keep some healthy snacks like fruit or veggies in hand for in between meals. You can satisfy your appetite by chewing on nutritious snacks throughout the day and perhaps turn down a tempting sugary drink later on.
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